The Man Who Didn't Call by Rosie Walsh ★★★★★
Updated: Dec 10, 2019
Published: 25th July 2019 Publisher: Pan Macmillan Format: Hardcover, Kindle, Paperback, Audio Genre: Romance
Seven perfect days.
Then he disappeared . . .
Imagine you meet a man, spend seven glorious days together, and fall in love.
And it’s mutual: you’ve never been so certain of anything.
So when he leaves for a long-booked holiday and promises to call from the airport,
you have no cause to doubt him.
But he doesn’t call.
Your friends tell you to forget him, but you know they're wrong: something must have happened; there must be a reason for his silence.
What do you do when you finally discover you're right?
That there is a reason – and that reason is the one thing you didn't share with each other?
I have literally just finished reading this book and I can not believe the amount of emotions I had throughout..
I had a feeling it was going to be a tear jerker as I had seen posts saying as much, but I literally went from dread to sadness to happiness then pure worry that it would all be taken away at the end and I wouldn't get my happy ending.....
The book is based upon two main characters, Sarah and Eddie.
I don't like spoilers as I would much rather you read my review and want to read it your self and experience all the same emotions and surprises I did.. so here I go!
Sarah lives in America with her ex husband and amazing hospital charity business, she has not always lived there, she moved there when she was 17 to run away from a terrible accident that happened back home, in England.
Letters are written regular that are never sent, and the family is fractured.
In the summer Sarah goes back home to stay with her parents in Gloucester for the anniversary of the accident, her parents unexpectedly have to go to Leicester to look after her ill grandfather so Sarah is left alone, in the family home which she really doesn't like being in as it holds to many sad memories for her.
Needing to escape the confines of the house she decides to take a walk, Sarah bumps into Eddie, who is on a green talking to a sheep who has got lost, having quite the discussion and looking like he isn't sure what to do Sarah goes up and offers her help.
The pair instantly click and after ensuring Lucy the sheep is safely back with the farmer they end up spending the entire day together, drinking in the pub, lying in the sun and getting to know each other.
Both have had trouble pasts but neither want to talk about that, they want to forget who they are and be who they want to be in the moment of bliss..
The day turns into two, then three and before they know it they have spent seven whole days in pure bliss holed up in Eddies cottage in the woods.
Eddie is due to go on a lads holiday on the eighth day so on the seventh day they say there goodbyes, swap facebook details and promise to call each other that evening and be together the following week when he gets home...
That is the last time Sarah speaks to Eddie..
At first she texts to make sure he lands safe in Spain, surprised that he hasn't yet called as it was the last promise he made before she left.
Then she texts again to ask if all is ok as she hasn't heard anything, but Eddie does not reply.
Fraught with panic Sarah then tries to get hold of Eddie, adamant that he hasn't just abandoned her after a fling like her friends suggest, she knows there is something wrong.. so extends her stay in the Uk to try and figure out what has happened, she messages him regular and decided to write him letters telling him all about herself and what happened when she was younger, as they didn't go into detail about there pasts.
Not getting anywhere Sarah eventually has to go back to LA and back to her life and job.
Grief stricken and utterly heartbroken Sarah tries to move on, She can't eat, sleep or even think straight so gets up at the crack of dawn to run to escape it all, until one day walking to work Sarah glances up and there in the throng of LA traffic she sees Eddie, struggling to find his way amongst the heavy foreign traffic.
Confused Sarah is sure she made a mistake, she hasn't been herself since she last saw Eddie, she has lost weight and is seriously considering her mental state until a couple of days later Jenni, Sarahs friend calls her and tells her that whilst she was out of the office in a meeting Eddie came in looking for her!
This is where Sarah attempts to call Eddie again, and finally, after weeks of nothing he answers...
I can not write anymore as I desperately do not want to give away any of the twists and turns that this amazing book holds but I can guarantee one thing..
This story is the best romance I have read this year. Its witty, beautifully written and utterly heart wrenching.
I can honestly say I have never read a book before where I so wanted happiness to ensue but to be dangled like a carrot by the author, keeping me guessing and surprising me at every chapter.
In Three parts, it is at the end of part two when I realised that the book had thrown me completely and that I now dreaded every page after that, on eggshells paranoid that it would all end in a way I did not want it to..
I spent most of part three feeling sad, tinged with only the snippets of hope that Rosie Walsh allowed me to have...
This book is a must read and you will be talking about it for ages..
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Thank you @panmacmillan for this amazing read.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR...
Rosie Walsh lives in Bristol with her partner and their son.
Under the pseudonym Lucy Robinson, Rosie blogged for Marie Claire about love and dating, and published four novels in the UK.
The Man Who Didn't Call is the first novel under her own name.
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